Breaking: Silvio Berlusconi quoted by Gazzetta dello Sport confirming sale of Zlatan Ibrahimovic & Thiago Silva to PSG. #huge— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) July 12, 2012
ESPN reported that the deal is worth €62 million.
The two clubs are in starkly different financial situations. After the Qatar Investment Authority became the majority owners of PSG, the team had loads of money to spend.
As Goal.com notes, the sale of Ibrahimovic and Silva will bring Milan relief with their debt problems. Not only will the €62 million help, but the Rossoneri will also be free of the two players’ large salaries.
But they were also two of the team’s best players. Silva is widely considered one of the best centre-backs in the world, and Ibrahimovic is a top-class striker.
Will AC Milan be able to contend for the title without Ibrahimovic and Silva?
The 30-year-old Swede was far and away Milan’s best attacker and scored 28 goals while recording six assists in Serie A matches. This accounted for 46 percent of Milan’s league goals.
The team finished second in the table behind Juventus and also allowed the second-fewest goals. Silva played a significant part in the team’s solid defensive effort.
Paris Saint-Germain also finished second in their respective league, missing out on the Ligue 1 championship by three points.
The addition of Ibrahimovic and Silva will almost certainly provide the team with one more win this coming season.
PSG’s new ownership appears keen to turn the club into one of the best teams in Europe. To do so, it needs world-class players, and both Silva and Ibrahimovic fit that description.